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Suggestion for Book to Read on Trail

Postby OzSwaggie » Tue May 14, 2013 3:58 am

Can anyone suggest a novel/book I could take on a 20 day trip this upcoming summer? I reckon I can read about five or six pages each night before conking out, so it doesn't need to be very long, and in fact thinner/lighter is better. I enjoy lots of different books - to give an idea I love Colin Fletcher's "The 1,000 mile summer", enjoy some Cormac McCarthy (eg The Road) but a bit dark for a "vacation" read!, I have read Nevada Barr's book about Yosemite but a bit scary/violent to read while actually IN the wilderness! Liked Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods". But I find a lot of pop 'best seller' type writing is not a writing style I enjoy - last trip I bought a lightweight bestseller novel at the airport and could NOT read it! But on the same trip I came across a copy of Alexander McCall Smith's "The #1 Ladies Detective Agency" at VVR and loved it so much I've read five of the series since getting home - so that sort of thing is perfect!

So I'm looking for a story, well written, maybe humorous, that won't give me nightmares in my tent at night! Any suggestions? (I took Walt Whitman poetry with me one trip but I found that at night I was too tired for that, I just wanted a story ...)



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Re: Suggestion for Book to Read on Trail

Postby sparky » Tue May 14, 2013 8:47 am

Try Brave New World by Aldus Huxley :) I really enjoy his strange vision inducing style. Great for just before bed.

Or Flatland....nice small book, dont remember the author
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Re: Suggestion for Book to Read on Trail

Postby LightRanger » Sun May 19, 2013 10:50 pm

A River Runs Through It.

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Re: Suggestion for Book to Read on Trail

Postby maverick » Mon May 20, 2013 9:50 am

Hi LightRanger,

Welcome to HST! Thanks for your input.
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Re: Suggestion for Book to Read on Trail

Postby Carne_DelMuerto » Mon May 20, 2013 12:28 pm

I'll second "A River Runs Through It." Beautiful story that I reread about once a year over the course of a couple days.
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Re: Suggestion for Book to Read on Trail

Postby LightRanger » Wed May 22, 2013 12:20 am

maverick wrote:Hi LightRanger,

Welcome to HST! Thanks for your input.


Thanks for the welcome, Maverick. :)

Came back to this thread to add some more:

Just about anything by Stegner.
Norman Clyde's "Close Ups of the High Sierra" from Spotted Dog Press (Obviously the subject is cool, and Clyde was a pretty decent writer. He had a degree in Classic Lit.)
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Re: Suggestion for Book to Read on Trail

Postby oldranger » Sun May 26, 2013 11:18 pm

For a 20 day trip you need a long book, during that period of time you are bound to have a rainy day or two--a river runs thru it is a great read but too short. if you haven't read it I suggest James Clavell's Shogun. Find and old used version with small print. Lasted me 20 days back in 1980.

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Re: Suggestion for Book to Read on Trail

Postby giantbrookie » Mon May 27, 2013 10:40 pm

oldranger wrote:For a 20 day trip you need a long book, during that period of time you are bound to have a rainy day or two--a river runs thru it is a great read but too short. if you haven't read it I suggest James Clavell's Shogun. Find and old used version with small print. Lasted me 20 days back in 1980.

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Hmmm perhaps for 20 days you need something even longer. Try Romance of the Three Kingdoms or Outlaws of the Marsh. Of course if you spend much of your camp time fishing you'll never finish RTK in 20 days. Come to think of it, you probably won't finish it in 20 days even if you don't spend any time fishing.
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Re: Suggestion for Book to Read on Trail

Postby OzSwaggie » Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:31 pm

Thanks all for suggestions - I would never have thought of some of these! I'm gonna take the list to the second hand book shop and see what I can find!
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Re: Suggestion for Book to Read on Trail

Postby cmon4day » Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:59 am

"Way of the Scout" by Tom Brown
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Re: Suggestion for Book to Read on Trail

Postby dave54 » Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:29 pm

James Oliver Curwood wrote a series of books with a setting in the central Canadian wilderness circa 1890 - 1920. Adventure stories, some with a touch of romance.

H. Rider Haggard created the Allan Quatermain character (the inspiration behind the Indiana Jones character). These stories are set in the then unexplored and unmapped central Africa. The story of King's Solomon Mines is one of his more famous.

Both these authors have most of their stories as free audio or e-books. A MP3 player will hold numerous books with less space and weight than paperbooks. With careful management a battery will last several weeks.
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Re: Suggestion for Book to Read on Trail

Postby The hermit » Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:08 pm

The old man and the boy. by robert ruark. Hunting and fishing stories combined with old fashioned values. Any of the last of the mohicans series by james feinmore cooper. Free on google books along with many of the classics.
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